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Virtualizing Microsoft Office 2010 on German Windows XP

There is quite a few blog posts and KB articles describing how to virtualize Microsoft Office 2010 with the help of ThinApp.

KB articles:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2021901
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1022287

A blog post:
http://thinappguru.blogspot.se/2012/03/notes-on-packaging-office-project-and.html

If you have Office locally installed but need to virtualize Project or Visio (many steps are the same as for Office 2010):
http://blogs.vmware.com/thinapp/2013/02/thinapp-microsoft-visio-and-project-2010-while-locally-installed-microsoft-office-2010.html

Additional information for German Windows XP:
If you follow the procedures described in above posts your package should work very well on an English OS. Jonathan Wilk (@DooDleWilk), Escalation Engineer at VMware Global Support Services, just sent me his notes working on a case. The package worked just fine on English Operating Systems and German Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit) but failed on a German Windows XP.

After some troubleshooting he realized that on an English Windows XP the OfficeSoftwareProtectionPlatform folder is located in the “Documents and Settings” folder. On a German Windows XP the folder is called “Dokumente und Einstellungen”. So the workaround was simply to create the “Dokumente und Einstellungen” folder underneath the %Drive_C% folder macro and copy the content from your “Documents and Settings” folder. Rebuild and it works.

I wouldn’t be surprised if other applications will have the same issue and therefore would need the same fix in order to be portable.

Making Windows XP only apps run on Windows 7

Just to clarify.. ThinApp will not magically make an application run on Windows 7 if it is not supported on Windows 7. That said, we do offer some help with ThinApp. Great examples are Internet Explorer 6, Adobe Reader 5 and Lotus Notes 6.5.6. All not running natively on Win7 but does so with the help of ThinApp. It may be tricky to find the solution and there are no guaranties. The work around is often to include older Windows XP dlls into the package and that might make the application run on Win7.

We blogged about this back in 2009 but with all the Windows 7 migrations going on it is time to emphasize the importance of the blog post.

The method discussed here: /thinapp/2009/03/common-system32-dlls.html will help you to run many Windows XP legacy applications on Windows 7 even though they do not run natively installed on Win7. Adding MSVCP50.dll to a project helped me out just the other day.

Make sure you are using ThinApp version 4.5 or later. We added support for Windows 7 in version 4.5 so using an older version will not work.